The All Seasons Shawl

I first posted a picture of this shawl design on Instagram over a year ago and lots of people asked for the pattern. So sorry it has taken me so long to get it written up for you! I used a 5.5cm hook for this design so the shawl is light and has lots of drape to wear as a shawl on chilly summer evenings, while still being cozy enough for even the coldest winters if worn as a scarf. This is why I have named this shawl the All Seasons shawl as I truly think that it is appropriate…

Hello February!

Oh how I have been enjoying these sweet little flowers of late.  January was a tricky month for me this year, over and above it being grey and damp and rainy and generally January-ish, this year came with some extra struggles. I have been on a long and very tricky mental health journey for the past 10 years of my life and over the last year I decided to concentrate on getting better – no distractions and no more avoidance of how I have been feeling. It was a difficult decision to make and came with some sacrifices for sure,…

Out of my comfort zone

A few months ago I decided that I needed to do something to take me away from the corner of my sofa (where all of my yarny endeavours usually happen) and out into the Wide World. I had been toying with the idea of perhaps trying to sell some of my crochet makes in person locally, but wasn’t quite sure how to go about it as I didn’t want to fork out a load of money for a pitch at any of the large markets around here. Then one day someone told me about the Draper’s Yard in Chichester town…

Sharing and creativity

Hello again! Wow, it has been a while hasn’t it? How have you been, I hope all is well. The last few months have been an odd time for me and my maker career. I’ve really struggled to come on here and talk about crochet and the creative things I have been up to and so I’ve ended up just staying quiet.  The truth is that I don’t really have a lot of confidence in my abilities with yarn and hook, I do it like so many of us, as a form of therapy to help with my anxiety and…

Post half term catch up

As a mum with a husband who works in a school, life for us very much moves in motion with the academic year.  We have just had our half term break which means we all experience a shift in routine, for hubby and the kids it’s a chance for some well earned wind down time and for me it signifies less crochet time some serious adventure time. Our half term was super busy, lots of trips and experiences as well as some quieter moments too.  The above shot was taken during a picnic, I spotted this beautiful blue butterfly fluttering round this…

Spring Forward blanket stitch: Tutorial

This tutorial is written in UK terms. Skills needed: Slip knot, foundation chain, UK Treble stitch (US Double crochet stitch) Begin by chaining a multiple of 3 plus 1 plus 3 stitches.  (This is so that you can begin and end each row with a single treble stitch, which will make your edges straight.  For this example I have chained 34.) Row 1Work a single treble stitch in the 5th chain from the hook, I’ve indicated above where your first stitch should be.  Then work one more treble stitch in the next stitch along. Now you are ready to work your…

Bits and bobs

Why hello hello, it’s very nice to be back here in blogland!  I will be honest with you and say that I’m not posting as often as I would like.  It’s mainly because I have been suffering from a fair few bugs of late which have stolen my ‘crojo’ (love that word!) and my ability to string words together coherently.  Also, hubby has been going through a bit of stress at work as he’s beginning teacher training next year, so there have been a fair few forms, frantic emails and phone calls going on to make sure we’re doing everything right,…